Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

Founded in 1791 under promising circumstances, the 12th mission, named in honor of the Holy Cross, suffered severe hardships brought about mainly by the ruffianesque settlers in the nearby pueblo of Branciforte. After achieving a peak population of 531 neophytes (the smallest of all the missions), Santa Cruz declined slowly; following secularization, its structures were destroyed by earthquakes, fires and floods. In 1931 a small replica of the adobe church was erected 200ft from the original site. A seven-room barracks is the only structure remaining from the original mission complex. Built in 1824 to house converts, it was later occupied by Californio and Irish citizens; the Californios remodeled the structure by encapsulating it within a Victorian-style house, thus protecting its adobe walls from dissolving. Today restored to its 1840s appearance, it is maintained by the state park system. Displays in its rooms tell the story of the adobe's various occupants.

Useful information

Adresse : 

School Street 144

Phone:

+1 831-425-5849

Opening hours

Thu-Sat 10am-4pm (times liable to variation)

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
The oldest amusement park in California,
Roaring Camp Railroads
Roaring Camp Railroads
This railroad departs from the site of a
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Fifteen miles of trails weave through
240 minutes
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